2 Corinthians 4:6-8 (NLT)
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.
Feeling a little pressed these days or maybe you are completely overwhelmed by the pressures in your life? Is trouble “crashing” in from every direction leaving you feeling crushed? Are you perplexed and confused as to why this happening to you? You love God. You have asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior and are living as though He is your Lord striving for righteousness, so why do you feel driven to despair? Jesus Christ came to our rescue from the enemy whose primary purpose is to steal from, kill and overall destroy God’s Children. He has launched a full force attack in desperation knowing that he has nothing to lose. If the devil is going down, he fully intends to take as many of God’s People with him as he can convince to go. “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:9-10) Jesus Christ has placed the Light of His Amazing Love inside our hearts. It is part of the abundant life that He died for each of us to have. Are you living in the abundance of God today? If not, you should be. It is our inheritance secured by Jesus Christ and placed in our heart for discovery. We can know the Glory of God as it is expressed from our life in overflowing fashion. It may just be time to prime the pump.
Water pumps run on pressure. If a water pump loses it pressure, water will not flow through from the source, through the pipe and out the other end. Water pumps will stop working if turned off for an extended period of time. Therefore they must be primed to reestablish the water flow once again. This essentially means that water must be put back into it and pressed back through it to create the pressure necessary to make the water flow freely again. The Lord has given us the opportunity to live life abundantly. Abundant describes something that exists in plentiful supply or to have a plentiful supply. It means to have more than adequate or an overly sufficient amount. Abundance comes from the Latin word “overflowing”. In order to experience abundance, there must be an overflow. An overflow cannot exist until a vessel is full. Now going back to our water pipe, if this represents the life of a believer than it is necessary for God to prime our pump in order to create overflowing, abundance in our life. This means pressure. The more pressure created in a pipe or waterway the greater the outflow as the contents is expressed as a direct result. What is overflowing in your life today? Careful examination reveals the source from which you are drawing and cannot be disguised or changed in the midst of the flow but all goes back to the source. Who or what is your source of life? If your confident hope and expectation is in Jesus Christ – when pressed His Grace and His Glory come pouring out. If it is any other source, it is revealed candidly in hardship for our own use in changing the overflow of our life to experience the abundant life that we are promised in the Word.
Isaiah 55:1-2 (NKJV)
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good and let your soul delight itself in abundance.”
Let your soul delight in abundance. This is God’s Will for your life and He will stop at nothing to prosper your soul and increase the overflow in our life. Thirst represents discontentment and dissatisfaction in life. The Lord is offering His People an overflowing abundance that cannot be recreated or purchased with a price. It was created by God. It was paid in full by the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. It is the inheritance of every Child of God through few will choose to have it. We work and worry for sustenance that does not satisfy us but rather creates more hunger than before. Most people live in fear of lack afraid they will not make enough money or cannot pay their bills or meet their family’s needs, wants and/or desires. But the Lord instructs us to “listen to Me carefully” and “eat what is good” and “let your soul delight itself in abundance.” God has designated your life for abundance. He has ordained you to be the recipient of such wealth. What will you give to have it? Are you will to prime the pump of your life to have the overflow of God? Will you endure pressure to see His Glory pour out of your life?
Matthew 12:33-35 (NKJV)
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”
When the pressures and burdens of life weigh heavy on our heart, it produces something. We either bless or curse the Lord for what is happening in our life. Even though we are fully aware that a harvest requires rain, we curse it when it comes interrupting our life and unsettling our comfort zone. (Psalm 65:9-10) The tree determines the fruit just as the heart determines our harvest. Our mouth blesses the productivity of our heart or curses it violently with grumbling, complaining and backbiting in response to the pressure that is God is expressing His Glory from within us. If we do not have a heart surrendered to God, it will become evident in the storms of life. A good person with a good treasure in their heart will still give glory to God in the midst of the storm praising God when it comes knowing the harvest will soon follow. Those whose heart lacks faith and confidence in the Lord without a hope’s anchor attached to their souls will be shipwrecked early on as they are crushed beneath the weight that was not theirs to carry and are releasing nothing good to come back into their life.
Matthew 25:29 (NKJV)
For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
Abundance literally means overflowing. In order for something to overflow, it must first be full. We know that from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks as indicated above, but it is time to determine what is flowing out of our life. The vessel that is the conduit of overflow must first be full, complete. In human terms, only those who are fully satisfied and complete in Jesus Christ will experience His Overflow of abundance.
Psalm 37:11 (NKJV)
But the meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Most people think that if they had enough money, they would find peace. The abundance of God has nothing to do with earthly finances. In fact, some of the most miserable people alive are the rich and famous. They cannot buy love, joy and peace with their abundance so they live depressed, destructive lives. The meek shall inherit the earth. Meekness is a quality that impresses God. It means to be humbly patient and overly submissive to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Those who are meek will go above and beyond to live a righteous and holy life honoring the Lord. The promised attached to such a life is that they will delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Can you imagine being completely satisfied with your life without a moment of worry, fear or doubt? This is the overflowing peace that is enjoyed by the humbly patient and overly submission who love and trust the Lord enough to do what He says and wait until He comes. Oppression and indebtedness is a personal choice to be cursed. You have been set free by Jesus Christ are may walk in the liberty of His Kingdom enjoying your inheritance before you ever leave this earth. However, it is reserved for the meek who do things God’s Way and live a life of obedience. Those who seek to serve the Lord with joy and gladness that comes from their heart will experience an “abundant” life. (Deuteronomy 28:47-48) His Grace is sufficient for me in all things so I may have abundant life in all areas of my existence if I choose to. (2 Corinthians12:8-10) Total dependency on God based on total expectancy in God will produce abundance that cannot be purchased or made but is from His Love overflowing in my life so much so that I cannot contain it.
Luke 6:37-38 (NKJV)
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
God has promised to give me what I choose to give in my life reciprocally. If I give it, He replenishes it. This is overflow in our life. If that means applying a little pressure to prime my pump, He will do just that until I am ready to receive “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.” Overflow comes from a full vessel. Abundance is overflow. It is time to start giving in our life. What do we give? Well, the widow decided to give her all and impressed the Lord enough to have her story documented forever not based on the amount she gave but her heart of sacrificial giving to God. We must give even when it hurts. When we do not think we have anything of worth, we should give it anyway. We should overly forgiving, compassionate and loving in every area of life. Such an attitude is expressed in the overflow of our life that we give back to God. The widow was so satisfied with God’s Provision and Protection in her life she had no problem dropping all her money in the offering. God desires equitable giving in our life. (2 Corinthians 8:13-15) Abundance requires it. To whom much is given much is required. Giving is not a necessity but rather a characteristic of godly, righteous people who love God with all of their heart. It is self-expression for those who have experienced abounding grace, sufficiency in all things and abundance in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8) “Honor the LORD with your possessions and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10) When we no longer withhold any part of our life from the Lord, but honor Him with our whole life – we will experience abundant life!
Luke 12:15-21 (NKJV)
And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
A covetous person is never satisfied. He defines his life by the money and things he possesses. There is such a thing a covetous Christians who pray for increase with a heart focused on God’s Increase of their personal power and possessions. Rather asking God to provide for their life, they desire money. Our life does not consist in the abundance of the things which we possess. It is easy to become sidetracked thinking that God will increase our life with things according to our giving of money. Abundance in life is not a money matter but a heart’s treasure. The peace, love and joy of God that passes all understanding will never be marked with a dollar sign, but overflows from a heart that is overly submissive and humbly patient in seeking God and all that He has. The pressure that you are feeling is God priming the pump (your heart) to create an overflow in your life today. Do your part to release it!
Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)
You will show me the path of life; in Your Presence is fullness of joy; at Your Right Hand are pleasures forevermore.